Transitions, evolution & history

Innovations do not arise out of a vacuum but are very much part of longer historical developments, in science, policy and society at large. As such, contemporary developments in science and technology cannot be understood without knowledge of the ways in which they build on previous work and configurations. Historical approaches explore continuities and discontinuities in the development of science and technology, drawing attention to trajectories, transitions and alternatives. Moreover, exploring how specific advances in science and technology unfold over time, including their interaction with research and science policy, can shed light on different approaches for fostering innovation and understanding their value

Projects

Engineering and Development

19 March 2020

Innogen researchers, Peter Robbins and David Wield have edited a Special Issue of the Journal of International Development entitled ‘The global and the local in engineering and international development’

Can we have a serious look at Plan B?

22 November 2021

In this blog post, Professor Chris Warkup questions whether full association to Horizon Europe is the best way for the UK to participate in international science collaboration. Does the UK capture enough value from the investment?

Professor Smita Srinivas receives the 2021 Ayres Award

9 July 2020

Professor Smita Srinivas has been honoured by the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) for her outstanding work in the area of institutional economics.

Innogen retreat 2019

10 October 2019

This year's annual meeting took place 3-4 October in Edinburgh and it brought together researchers from the Open University and the University of Edinburgh as well as colleagues from the Open University Scotland. 

Professor Andrew Webster (1951-2021)

29 September 2021

We have learned with the greatest sadness of the passing of Andrew Webster, Professor in sociology at the University of York.